Falls Prevention Awareness
Did you know that one out of three people 65 and older fall each year?
To help raise awareness of this serious issue, Ohio will observe National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (NFPAD) on September 22, 2013. NFPAD is an excellent opportunity for health care providers to learn more about how we can reduce our patients’ risk of falling.
As a health care provider, you can play a critical role in the prevention of falls. Integration of simple screenings into your practice can help you identify patients at-risk for a fall. By identifying these patients, you can address risk factors to reduce your patients’ chances of falling and suffering serious injuries like hip fractures and traumatic brain injury that often lead to loss of independence.
To help you assist patients at-risk for a fall, the (insert organization) is proud to partner with the Ohio Department of Health to bring you the CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit. STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) is a provider resource based on a simple algorithm adapted from the American and British Geriatric Societies’ Clinical Practice Guideline. It includes basic information about falls, case studies, conversation starters, and standardized gait and balance assessment tests. In addition, there are educational handouts about fall prevention specifically designed for patients and their friends and family.
Copies of the complete STEADI Tool Kit are available from the Ohio Department of Health and can be requested here. The STEADI materials are also available here.
We hope that you find these materials helpful and encourage you to incorporate them into your practice and share with your colleagues. By working together, we can reduce falls and ensure that older Ohioans are leading happy, healthy and productive lives.